Sunday, October 24, 2010
DH and I saw the world premiere of play last night. In 1965, a group of junior and senior high kids at one of the local high school work black armbands to school to protest the Vietnam War. The school has stated that any student who wore the armbands and refused to remove them would be suspended from school. Three students with the support of their parents refused. The case ended up in the US Supreme Court in 1969. The case was called "Tinker v.Des Moines and the court ruled that the civil rights of students and teachers do not end at the school house door.
Our state historical society commissioned a musical play about the events and the first performance was last night. It won't make it to Broadway, but I was in tears by the end. Also there was a panel before the play that included the attorney who argued the case, Mary Beth Tinker, one of the students, a Vietnam vet, a member of the Friends Church and the director of the Iowa branch of the American Civil Liberties Union. What an incredible evening. Prior to the premier over 2000 12 -18 year olds students had seen the first act.
It was a great reminder of how things change and stay the same.